When the world is right-side-up again, it will be a great time to join a women’s travel group for your next adventure vacation. Thanks to a growing variety of women’s travel companies, you can choose from an exciting menu of destinations, adventures and activities.
Women’s travel companies excel at combining outdoor adventures with relaxation, great food and meaningful interactions with locals.
Size of Travel Groups
Travel groups range in size from under 10 women to more than 20. Some women enjoy being part of a large group, while other women’s travel companies prefer to offer smaller group tours where it’s easier to interact and get to know one another. Choosing the right group size will give you the best experience.
Sleeping Arrangements for Women Travelling Together
Depending on the type of tour, you’ll have the option of a private room or a shared room. A private room is called a “single supplement.” Even if you choose to have a roommate, you can request that you change roommates at each change of accommodation. That way you can spend a little more down-time getting to know your fellow travelers.
The best adventure trips feature delicious meals at quality restaurants as well as experiencing the local food culture by dining with families in private homes and guesthouses.
How Active Do You Want to Be?
It’s normal to wonder if you’re fit enough for adventure vacations, because it’s definitely not your typical week at the beach. Some women’s travel companies offer more edgy adventures, while others take a balanced approach.
Janet Scalzo, Chief Adventurer at Canyon Calling Adventures for Women in Arizona, offers this rule-of-thumb for women who sign up for her tours. “If you can comfortably hike 5-8-miles over undulating terrain, you’ll definitely be in your element with any of our activities.” It’s not boot camp,” she laughs, “yet we do offer some activity challenges based on itinerary. We stop along the way to have breaks and snacks, take photos and enjoy spectacular vistas. We also offer itineraries that focus on food & wine on our ‘soft adventures.’”
Camping * Canoeing * Cycling * Glacier-walking * Hiking * Horseback Riding * Kayaking * Rafting * Sailing * Surfing * Stand-Up Paddling * Zip-Lining* Safari Tours
A Sampling of Women’s Adventures
- Utah’s National Parks
Hike around Utah’s Big 5 National Parks. Take a mule ride in Bryce Canyon and a float trip down the Colorado River. Explore Moab, and more.
- Asheville, North Carolina
Hike the most beautiful part of the Appalachian Trail in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Raft the French Broad River. Hike towering waterfalls. Take a walking tour of bohemian Asheville’s eateries and brews–heaven for serious foodies!
- Canadian Rockies
Hike in the gorgeous Rockies. Canoe on Emerald Lake. Walk a glacier. Go white-water rafting. Take a gondola trip up Sulphur Mountain. Hike a cave and basin historical site. Picnic at Moraine Lake.
- Costa Rica
Horse-back riding on the beach. White-water rafting. Jungle cruise in national park. Ziplining over the jungle. Soaking in natural, hot springs. Stay at a beach-front resort on the Caribbean. Enjoy delicious Caribbean meals with many seafood choices.
Walking tour of Zagreb. Touring Dubrovnik. Hiking in Highlands National Park. Exploring UNESCO sites. River-rafting the Zrmanja. Sea kayaking to Pakleni. E-biking through scenic towns. Enjoying local cuisine. Wine and chocolate tasting.
Up Close & Personal: Live Like a Local
“Immersion travel” is a fast-growing trend that gives women travelling together opportunities to experience the local culture with the locals. Immersive activities often become the highlights of the trip, ranging from taking a cooking class with a local chef to attending local festivals, and staying in a local’s home or guesthouse. Living like a local is a profound experience, as you reach out and connect on a person-to-person level.
Exotic Immersive Experiences
- Sahara Desert
In Jordan, a women’s travel group stayed at a Bedouin camp of Nomads, renowned for their hospitality, honesty and fierce independence. The travel group helped prepare meals and learned about Bedouin customs.
A group of women stayed with a family in Llachon on the shores of Lake Titicaca in the Andes Mountains. The Peruvian family was very welcoming and let the women’s travel group help with meal preparation and shared stories around the dining room table. The world’s highest navigable body of water, Lake Titicaca is said to be the birthplace of the Incan civilization.
- New Zealand
A group of women travelers stayed with indigenous Maori people. They performed a wild dance called the Haka. Then the women travelers responded by singing songs and dancing for them.
Is Pricing for Women’s Adventure Trips All Inclusive?
The best women’s adventure travel companies offer all-inclusive trip pricing with just a few exceptions such as:
- Round-trip transportation from your hometown to your destination
- Alcoholic beverages and items of a personal nature
- Optional gratuity to your Trip Leader at the end of the trip
Get Ready for Your Next Adventure
From hiking in the Rockies and rafting down rivers to exploring America’s national parks and embarking on exotic escapades around the world, the possibilities of thrilling adventures for women travelers are endless. It’s a great time to get out there and challenge yourself.
Canyon Calling Adventures for Women is an Arizona-based adventure travel company devoted to women travelers. Owner Janet Scalzo, a veteran of over thirty years in the travel industry, brings with her an innate sense of curiosity, true love of sustainable adventure tourism, passion for hospitality, and desire to connect with the local culture. Scalzo personally leads popular adventure tours for women across the United States and around the world.